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List Rules Only musicians who are notoriously outspoken about politics or are known as political musicians. Having 1 or 2 political songs doesn't make a someone a political musician (ie Macklemore or Bright Eyes)

Music, by it's nature, is inherently political. Musicians have been singing about the ills of society since the origins of folk music and some of the best musicians of all time are recognized for their populist songs that many people can related to. Whether it's political rock, folk music, or even political rap, musicians have the ability to connect with issues that are great importance to regular people. The best political musicians are among the most beloved figures in history because they aren't afraid to stand up to injustice and rankle governments or corrupt organizations.

So, who are the best political musicians? Any list of political artists has to include the likes of Rage Against the Machine, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan. These musicians are widely recognized as some of the most important political musicians of all time. Their contributions to bettering society and helping the voiceless is what makes political musicians a vital part of both pop culture. 

Ultimately, it's up to you to decide who are the best political musicians of all time. If you notice someone who should be on this poll and isn't, feel free to add them. 
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182 174
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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2
205 200
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Marley Reggae

3
175 171
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

4
178 186
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Musicians
John Lennon Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

5
97 118
N.W.A is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Kimaru added N.W.A Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Gangsta rap

6
105 130
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Musicians
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

7
85 117
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

8
75 109
Kendrick Lamar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Kendrick Lamar Hip hop music, Political hip hop, West Coast hip hop

9
33 48
Anti‐Flag is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Anti‐Flag Pop punk, Anarcho-punk, Punk rock

10
77 114
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

11
73 109
Public Enemy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Public Enemy Hip hop music, Political hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

12
151 228
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Musicians
MartinAustin added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

13
33 51
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Henry Rollins Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal

14
60 92
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Woody Guthrie Folk music, Country

15
30 47
Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra Industrial metal, Spoken word, Anarcho-punk

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51 79
Dead Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Dead Kennedys Psychobilly, Anarcho-punk, Skate punk

17
25 40
Tracy Chapman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Musicians
JeffNorth added Tracy Chapman Blues-rock, Pop music, Folk music

18
39 62
Rise Against is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Rise Against Melodic hardcore, Alternative rock, Positive hardcore

19
90 141
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

20
47 75
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

21
36 58
M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Musicians
M.I.A. Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Worldbeat

22
31 51
Bad Religion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Bad Religion Pop punk, Crossover thrash, Melodic hardcore

23
18 31
Subhumans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Subhumans Punk rock

24
98 156
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

25
70 113
U2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Musicians
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

26
33 55
Black Flag is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Black Flag Heavy metal, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

27
29 49
Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Joan Baez Americana, Pop music, Rock music

28
34 57
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lauryn Hill Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul

29
53 87
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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30
39 65
Pete Seeger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Pete Seeger Folk music

31
25 43
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Musicians
MartinAustin added Midnight Oil Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

32
52 86
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

33
55 91
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Musicians
George Harrison Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

34
46 77
Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Eddie Vedder Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock

35
42 71
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

36
63 105
John Lennon & Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Musicians

37
16 30
Crass is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Musicians
lacy442 added Crass Noise rock, Anarcho-punk, Art rock

38
36 62
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

39
20 37
Minor Threat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Musicians
ryanjjjj8 added Minor Threat Straight edge, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

40
51 87
Roger Waters is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Roger Waters Folk rock, Progressive rock, Art rock

41
26 47
Billy Bragg is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Billy Bragg Americana, Anti-folk, Folk rock

42
3 10
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Political Musicians
1511886350313 added Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

43
24 44
Immortal Technique is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Political Musicians
phuckphac3 added Immortal Technique Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

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44
22 41
Country Joe and the Fish is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Country Joe and the Fish Rock music, Folk rock, Acid rock

45
23 43
KRS-One is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Political Musicians
KRS-One Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

46
25 47
Lupe Fiasco is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lupe Fiasco Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop

47
17 34
Jello Biafra and The Guantanam... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Political Musicians
punksnotdead added Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine Punk rock, Hardcore punk

48
16 33
MC5 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Political Musicians
MC5 Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

49
17 35
Lee “Scratch” Perry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lee “Scratch” Perry Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

50
20 40
Lead Belly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Political Musicians
Lead Belly